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Chess Informant (Sahovski Informator) is a publishing company based in Belgrade, that periodically produces the book of the same name, as well as the Encyclopaedia of Chess Openings, Encyclopaedia of Chess Endings, Opening Monographs, other print publications, and software.
Chess Informant - Issue 130
From December 1966 until January 1970, Bobby Fischer wrote a chess column for Boys’ Life, the official magazine of the Boy Scouts of America. Now, for the first time, all of these columns have been collected in one volume. It is an eclectic mix, a fascinating look at Fischer’s writing and thinking as he reached his prime, maturing into the strongest player in the world.
Checkmate - Bobby Fischer's Boys' Life Columns
The American Chess Magazine comes to you at the end of 2016, on the crest of a wave that has provided the biggest boost to the US chess since the early 1970s, when Bobby Fischer claimed the world title from Boris Spassky.
AMERICAN CHESS MAGAZINE Issue no.1
Contains more than 6.4 Million Games from 1560 to 2015
The Big Database 2017 contains more than 6.8 millions games from 1560 to 2016 in the highest ChessBase quality standard with ChessBase opening classification with more than 100,000 key positions, direct access to players, tournaments, middlegame themes, endgames. The most recent games of the database are from the Middle of October 2016.
Big Database 2017
Contains more than 6.4 Million Games from 1560 to 2015, Including 68,500 Annotated by the World's Top Players
CHESSBASE MEGA DATABASE 2017 The exclusive annotated database. Contains more than 6.8 millions games from 1560 to 2016 in the highest ChessBase quality standard. 70,000 games contain commentary from top players, with ChessBase opening classification with more than 100,000 key positions, direct access to players, tournaments, middlegame themes, endgames. The largest topclass annotated database in the world. The most recent games of the database are from the middle of October 2016.
Mega Database 2017
A Solid but Dynamic Chess Opening Choice for White
it is surprising that so little has been published about this fascinating universal weapon.In The Agile London System, the authors present both historical material and recent top-level examples to provide a comprehensive overview. It explain the typical plans and tactics using illustrative games with clear verbal explanations, and provide lots of tactical and strategic exercises.
The Agile London System
His Landmark Classics in One Edition
Nimzowitsch will always be remembered as the founder of the Hypermodern movement and the author of the undisputed classics My System and Chess Praxis. In his first book, he expounded his theories of prophylaxis, blockades and much more, while providing ground-breaking insights in pawn-structures. In the sequel Nimzowitsch demonstrated how he had successfully tested his theories in his games.
My System & Chess Praxis
We are very proud to present the Second Book from the first FIDE-approved endgame manual, written by 3 of the world leading experts. The second book of the Modern Endgame Manual series is dedicated to the bishop endgames. Bishop endgames are the second most common type of endgames after rook endgames, therefore mastering them is essential. The book contains many theoretical and practical positions. It is divided into three sections - Opposite colored bishop endgames, Same colored bishop endgames and Bishop vs pawns
The Modern Endgame Manual - Mastering Minor Piece Endgames - Vol. 1
We are very proud to present the Third book from the first FIDE-approved endgame manual, written by 3 of the world leading experts: This volume is dedicated to knight and knight vs bishop endgames. The authors have collected the most important theoretical positions - which are the base of any kind of endgames - and combined them with many different practical examples.
The Modern Endgame Manual - Mastering Minor Piece Endgames - Vol. 2
Become and expert and learn to enjoy even more the "silent beauty" of the endgame. Part 1 of the first FIDE-approved endgame manual, written by 3 of the world leading experts: FIDE Senior Trainers IGM Mikhalchishin, IGM Grivas and IGM Balogh.
The Modern Endgame Manual - Mastering Queen and Pawn Endgames
Learn Chess the Right Way is a five-volume chess puzzle book series aimed at the novice, beginner and intermediate level player, using the unique methods of the award-winning coach and former world champion Susan Polgar. Volume 2 is all about “winning material” exercises. In each of the first six chapters a certain piece captures an enemy piece .
Learn Chess the Right Way - Book 2
Mastering Defensive Technique
Learn Chess the Right Way is a five-volume chess puzzle book series aimed at the novice, beginner and intermediate level player, using the unique methods of the award-winning coach and former world champion Susan Polgar. In Volume 3, you will be introduced to 500 must-know defensive techniques. Each chapter will start with a few introductory examples and explanation about to what to look for in the puzzles that follow
Learn Chess the Right Way - Book 3
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This is the Periodical the Pros Use and all the entertainment and fun a true chess fan could want is inside: the games, the openings, the variations, the combinations and endgames – all furnished with the creative insights of our grandmaster contributors, supported by an international team of experienced chess editors. Chess Informant brings tons of valuable resources for months of reading pleasure, all written in easy-to-understand English and presented with the learning curve in mind!
Chess Informant - Issue 129
Presented by GM Bryan Smith
Learn an aggressive and effective repertoire against the Sicilian Kan, Najdorf, Dragon, and Classical variations of the Sicilian. Bryan explains the variations that arise in great detail and shows you how to counter.
Sicilicide - How to Beat the Sicilian Defense - Chess Lecture - Volume 157
On this DVD a team of experts gets to the bottom of Kasparov’s play. In over 8 hours of video running time (8 hours both in English and German) the authors Dorian Rogozenko, Mihail Marin, Oliver Reeh and Karsten Müller cast light on four important aspects of Kasparov’s play: the opening, strategy, tactics and the endgame. As a bonus there is video analysis of Kasparov’s computer games (Karsten Müller). In the major database with training questions (162 games with 575 training questions) you can hone your own tactical understanding with the help of Kasparov’s strokes of genius.
Master Class - Garry Kasparov
A Complete Opening Repertoire for White Against 1. d4 d5
In this book the London System opening is presented using all of the most important games with thorough comments, through which the readers will have the opportunity to understand the essence of this opening. Author Grandmaster Nikola Sedlak will show that this system is fully deserving of your attention for analysing and playing, that it's unjustly neglected in comparison with other openings and also that it gives players myriad interesting positions on the board, free and creative play, with lots of space for further growth and improvement.
Winning With the Modern London System
21st Century Edition
Why You Lose at Chess is vintage Reinfeld. He pulls no punches, showing the reader why he or she loses chess games. This is quite a remarkable feat when you think about it, because he never saw any of the games the vast majority of his readers played.
Why You Lose at Chess
Grandmaster and "Blindfold King" Timur Gareyev is known for his creative attacking chess. On his new DVD he recommends to play the Trompowsky! (1.d4 Nf6 2.Bg5) The Trompowsky is an opening outside of conventional wisdom. Create challenges and make your opponent solve problems early on.
Trompowsky for the Attacking Player - Timur Gareyev
GM Susan Polgar’s Complete Course for Club Players
Susan Polgar is a FIDE Senior trainer and has coached some of the best players in the world. Now you can benefit from Susan’s expertise with her brand new, 10 volume training program, The Polgar Method. Most players are let down by their weaknesses. The Polgar Method fixes that with a specific course on each aspect of chess.
The Polgar Method - 3 DVDs
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Featuring 50 Smart Strategies
So you have learned how to play chess, studied tactics and know some basic endgames and openings. What’s next? The glue that binds it all together is strategy. By forming a good plan, chess-players seize strong points on the board and target the opponent’s weaknesses. The author explains how to identify the right strategy in a wide range of typical situations. With his guidance, you will soon be finding good plans on your own – and then it will be time to demonstrate your tactical mastery!
Chess Strategy for Kids
The dynamic 4...Nf6 line of the Caro-Kann has been unfashionable in recent years whilst the theory on 4...Bf5 and 4...Nd7 now extends well into the middle game. 4…Nf6 therefore offers a golden opportunity for Caro-Kann players to throw their opponents on their own resources – and here even top Grandmasters can go wrong. On this DVD Nigel Davies examines both the Bronstein-Larsen (5.Nxf6+ gxf6) and the Tartakower (5.Nxf6+ exf6) systems.
The 4... Nf6 Caro-Kann - Nigel Davies
The endgame is the most complicated area of chess. In his book GM Rozentalis looks at some of the most important questions: the connection between the opening and the endgame, when to exchange, bishops against knights, be patient or just simplifiy.
The Correct Exchange in the Endgame
Alexey Dreev analyses many different ways for White to fight for the opening advantage in two modern schemes, in the Slav Defense and in the Queen's Gambit Declined. His choice in the Slav Defense is the exchange variation, which is becoming more and more popular among the average level chess players, as well as at top level. It looked like Black could equalize, but lately White often managed to create problems for Black. By playing 3.cxd5, after the moves 1 d4 d5 2.c4 c6, White tries to obtain an advantage, but also avoids the main lines of the Slav Defense, which may arise following 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Nf3 dxc4.
Bf4 in the Queen's Gambit and the Exchange Slav
The Semi-Slav (1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Nc3 c6) can arise via various moveorders, has decided World Championships, and is one of Black’s most fascinating replies to 1 d4. The complexity and the many possibilities of the variation have intrigued World Champions and generations of strong players, but amateurs often find the lines too complex to handle.
The Semi-Slav - A Grandmaster's Guide for the Tournament Player - Peter Heine Nielsen
Go From Novice to Fierce Competitor
What makes this course unique? Dr Alex is combining both, his experience as an International Chess Master and a coach, and his experience in programming teaching and adaptive systems, to give you the combination of training videos and the exercises through the ‘Chess Mates Companion‘ software. This way, you get to apply your new knowledge in practice immediately, and learn chess in the fastest way possible.
Learn to Play Chess
The London Variation
The second volume of the Complete Guide to the Queen's Pawn Opening is devoted to the London Variation and openings named in honor of Zukertort, Torre, Colle and others.
Complete Guide to the Queen's Pawn Opening - Vol 2
A Fun Guide to Blitz Chess
One of the strongest blitz players in the world, Genrikh articulated his philosophy on chess with one clever phrase: 'there's no need for you to play - well just make sure your opponent plays poorly!' His book will teach you how to act when your clock is ticking, catch your opponents off guard, put them in serious time trouble, and make them blunder.
Winning at Blitz
The Veresov, Blackmar-Diemer Gambit, Levitsky Variation and Other Set-Ups
The first volume of the Complete Guide to the Queen's Pawn Opening gives a detailed high quality analysis of the Veresov Opening, the Blackmar-Diemer Gambit, the Levitsky Variation and other set-ups.
Complete Guide to the Queen's Pawn Opening - Vol 1
Based On a True Story
THE DARK HORSE is based on the true story of Genesis 'Gen' Potini (Cliff Curtis), a Maori speed-chess champion seeking redemption and a new purpose in life despite his struggles with bipolar disorder. When Gen volunteers to coach the ragtag young members of the Eastern Knights chess club, Mana is inspired by his uncle's determination to bring hope to the children of the club and turn his troubled life around, while seeing it as a chance to possibly save his own.
The Dark Horse
46 Title Fights - From Steinitz to Carlsen
German chess journalist Andre Schulz tells the stories and the history of the World Chess Championship fights in fascinating detail: the historical and social backgrounds, the prize money and the rules, the seconds and other helpers, and the psychological wars on and off the board.
The Big Book of World Chess Championships
64 Bit Multiprocessor Version
Thanks to a host of extensive improvements and fine tweaking, the latest version of Komodo has again gained over 60 Elo points on its predecessor. The changes cover several areas: the evaluation function has been significantly sharpened, particularly with respect to king safety and endgame positions, and the search algorithm has been improved and optimized to run on multiple processors. Komodo 10 is also better at managing its time, and just generally calculates faster.
KOMODO CHESS 10
Learn Chess the Right Way is a five-volume chess puzzle book series aimed at the novice, beginner and intermediate level player, using the unique methods of the award-winning coach and former world champion Susan Polgar. In Book 1, the focus is on one-move checkmate exercises. In each of the first five chapters, a specific piece delivers the checkmate.
Learn Chess the Right Way - Book 1
The Chess Life Annual is a beautiful, hardcover book that features all twelve issues of Chess Life magazine from the specified year. Each annual features a rich, black leather cover and has the USCF Logo and production year embossed in Gold on its spine.
2015 Chess Life Annual Book
Carlsen Vs. Anand 25. Nh3!!
Arkadij Naiditsch and Csaba Balogh analyse 50 positional masterpieces from the years of 2012-2015. The readers will see many deep ideas, subtle maneouvres, unexpected regrouping of the pieces and of course a positionally justified masterpiece often finishes with a nice combination. The authors aim to explain mainly by words to make it understandable for the players on any level.
Positional Masterpieces of 2012-2015
Finally a new and improved version of the legendary CT-ART has been released! CT-ART is an indispensable training tool for chess players of all skill levels!
Chess Tactics - CT-ART 6.0